December 5, 2008

Mesa College Rallies to Send Student on Antarctic Expedition

Mesa College students are leading a fundraising campaign to help send fellow student Hermes Castro, who is an incomplete paraplegic, on an Antarctic expedition next March with world renown explorer Sir Robert Swan. The campaign kicks off this week with an information table in the Cafeteria Quad and an all-day fundraiser at Mountain Mike’s Pizza in Clairemont on December 7. The community is invited to participate.

The only person in the world to have walked across both polar caps, Sir Robert Swan met Hermes following a lecture he gave at Mesa College last spring. He was so moved and inspired by Hermes that he invited the student to join him on his Inspire Antarctic Expedition in March 2009. All costs would be covered, except transportation and any special equipment Hermes would need.

Hermes’ fellow students were also inspired by the engaging 29-year-old sports enthusiast, certified personal trainer, and hydro geology major who was left an incomplete t11-t12 paraplegic after being hit by a drunken driver head-on in September, 2006.

Led by the Mesa College Interclub Council, Mesa students plan to raise the cost of travel expenses and special equipment that Hermes requires. Their goal is to raise $10,000 to cover the costs of airfare and transportation, special equipment and gear and computers and electronics.

Fundraising efforts kick off this week with an information table in Mesa’s Cafeteria Quad. On Sunday, December 7, students will host a fundraiser at Mountain Mike’s Pizza in Clairemont, which will donate 30 percent of all orders to Hermes Castro and his journey to Antarctica.

More information can be found and future fundraising efforts will be posted at and Financial contributions are also being accepted. For more information, call 619-388-2699.

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